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Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salary (United States)

The average Dental Hygienist earns approximately $29.95 per hour. Final cash compensation to Entry-Level Dental Hygienists varies from around $36K to approximately $82K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $6K, respectively. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than two-fifths claim medical and dental insurance and just under one in five get vision coverage. Most Entry-Level Dental Hygienists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salary (?
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$29,133 - $69,368
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MEDIAN: $48,413
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Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salary (?
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$20.18 - $39.72
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,133 - $69,368  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,988  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,761  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$36,461 - $81,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 450
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$20.18 - $39.72  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,988  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,761  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$36,461 - $81,994  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,679
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Dental Hygienist

Employees of Family Dental can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $68K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $26K to $83K. Employees at Aspen Dental take home the smallest paychecks, and $54K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $37K and quickly nearing the top at only $64K. Family Dental is also at the bottom of the scale.

Pay Difference By Location

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Surpassing the national average by 22 percent, Entry-Level Dental Hygienists in Portland receive some of the highest pay in the country. Boston, Houston, New York, and Denver are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Dental Hygienists earning around 20 percent, 19 percent, 18 percent, and 15 percent more than average. Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (9 percent lower) and Jacksonville (7 percent lower).

Dental Hygienist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Dental Hygienist in Beaverton:
"Don't Become Complacent."
If you continue to get raises within the first 5-6 years you will hit the ceiling for wages. Doctors typically do not like to give raises beyond a certain point. Negotiate vacation packages and 401K and other benefits to compensate. Consider that you will have a short career working full time. Working as a dental hygienist is an ergonomic nightmare. When you were warned about injuries in college it is no joke. I have been working as a hygienist for 10 years and every senior hygienist that works full time (and does a great job) has some form of work related injury. We do not get scheduled breaks. Consider working part time for career longevity. It's a great occupation, however, very hard on your body. Be proactive in continuing your education after graduation. Everything changes in the medical world. We are always advancing. It is up to us to stay abreast of the latest technology. The doctors will know if you are no longer on board and are stuck in the stone age.
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salaries

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National Average
$61,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 251 votes.

Gender

Female
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female alumni
 
Male
6%
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 39%